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“This was a quick read. It was good happily ever after story about an ex navy seal who started his on group of under cover ops. I thought it was a bit hard to believe that the sister is so involved when she is not an operative herself, but the author made it work.”booksandmorebooks wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVED this book! Frank is my favorite Black Knight member!”Dawn S wrote this review Saturday, June 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Since I've met Frank and Becky on Hell on Wheels, I was instantly intrigued by their Spring/Summer affair, as Becky calls it. It was evident from the start that these two are feeding their attraction to each other through snarky bickering which left both of them wanting and sexually frustrated for the other. So naturally IN RIDES TROUBLE is a promising Black Knights Inc. volume two considering the sexual tension building between these two. And I wasn't disappointed!
Given that there's already something brewing between Becky and Frank, it's only a matter of time before these two combust. And that they did. It started when Becky and her BFF pretty rich girl, Eve, who's incidentally Bill's (Becky's brother) ex-girlfriend. The two got abducted by Somalian Pirates in the middle of their vacation with the hopes that Becky can fix their oil tanker. As Becky isn't your normal mechanic considering her connections, a search and rescue operation was of course headed by Frank and the rest of his Black Knights plus the kid isn't without skills either. She did damage to her captor which put her high on his hit list. This close call is just what these two needed because going through a high-intensity, adrenalin pumped, life threatening incident gave them perspective and forced them to finally take the plunge and do something about their maddening attraction to each other.
I actually find Becky and Frank's "tango" very cute and really sexy. Like in Hell on Wheels, I really like the gender reversal as far as stereotypes are concerned. I liked how JAWalker made her women so self-possessed without being slutty, very empowered and comfortable with their sexuality. The men on the other had I find very adorable, rough and tough but they easily fold up around their women, turning into cuddly teddy bears. And Frank isn't any different. He's very careful around Becky, almost afraid as if she'd break, treating her like porcelain and I really love that! Alpha men doesn't always have to be douche bags, they can be tough and tender at the same time and I love how these Knights aren't afraid of being tender and soft around the ladies!
I love JAWalker's writing voice, her characters are witty, snarky, a little silly and definitely entertaining. The romantic suspense element is light but gripping nonetheless. The conflict revolved around Frank and Becky's budding relationship, it wasn't overly dramatic, merely an innocent misunderstanding but it worked out fine because the premise has been light and fluffy from the start. The smexy isn't as hot as Hell on Wheels but it was more emotional which made it hotter for me.
I love Black Knights Inc., it's like the "good" version of The Sons of Anarchy with their badass bikes, life threatening missions, gorgeous women, hot men, hotter sex, tarnished backgrounds and wounded souls. Their unapologetic attitude towards life adds spice to the mix, the men may be damaged but they don't get major hang-ups over their personal tragedies. They're jaded but their hardships aren't the focal point unlike some damaged Alpha male stories that I know. To use JAWalker's own words, Black Knights Inc. to me is slow, smooth, straight, steady. It's formula with a an explosive twist.
So if you like good, spicy romance with a big dose of action, I suggest you add some Julie Ann Walker to your library. Her novels are quick reads, enthralling and swoon worthy you won't be sorry.”
“Frank Knight the "Boss" in Black Knights and Rebecca Reichert have been verbally fighting since the first book. So Becky takes a much needed vacation with her best friend Eve. She just needs some time away from Frank. She has worked around him now for three years and been in Love with the "dill head" and he could care less.
But while on vacation her and Eve are kidnapped by pirates and the Black Knights have to come to their rescue. Frank is furious at Becky he just knows it somehow is her fault. He wants nothing better than to get her safely home then spank her. Just love these alpha men.
Once home Frank continues to ignore her. Rebecca is frightened because the main pirate gets loose and threatens Becky's life. So she knows he is coming after her.
Loved this book. ”
“Very good book. Frank and Becky have been striking sparks off each other for three years, ever since Frank started using the motorcycle shop as the unit's cover. Becky is a very good mechanic and has learned a lot of the things that the rest of the unit knows. She wants to be part of the team, not just the cover. Frank doesn't want Becky anywhere near the dangerous parts. When she has enough of his attitude, she takes a vacation with a friend and ends up captured by Somali pirates. There's a rescue, dealing with the aftermath, the reappearance of one of the pirates, and misunderstandings to overcome. Great tension, good suspense, and excellent romance. I really liked both Frank and Becky. Frank is older by thirteen years and feels the age difference is too much for him to have a relationship with Becky. This is mostly because of issues from his childhood that are explained later in the book. He knows he is attracted to her, but does his best to overcome it. When it looks like she is getting over him and falling for one of the other guys he is eaten up with jealousy. It takes his sister basically slapping him upside the head to get him to see what he's been doing. I loved the final scene with him and Becky. I loved Becky's independence and ability to go after what she wants. She does a great job of pushing Frank's buttons, getting reactions from him. She also seems to be a magnet for trouble, hence the problem with the pirates. Thanks to her time with the Knights, she does a great job of keeping her head and keeping herself and her friend alive. She also knows that the team will rescue them, she just has to be patient. She recognizes the sound of a recon drone overhead and uses the notebook she's writing a "book" in to write messages to the team that the drone's imaging picks up and transmits. You can see her patience wearing thin in the last message picked up which said “…would you guys hurry the hell up already?”After they are back in Chicago she has to deal with the aftermath, which Frank is able to help her with. But she also has to accept the fact that it seems that he will never return her feelings. She misunderstands a couple things she sees which causes her some anguish. Her self reliance comes out though when she is kidnapped and rescues herself thanks to some good advice from Frank. I loved the care he took of her after that rescue. The ending had a good setup for the next book.”ScoutmomSKF wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“~* 3.5 Stars *~
It had certainly seemed like a good idea at the time. Rebecca "Becky" Reichert needed a vacation. After Frank Knight, head of the covert special ops team her custom bike shop fronts, shot her down personally and crushed her hopes of ever becoming an operative, she had to get far, far away from the man.
Three and a half years of hoping and yearning, wanting him to care for her like she did him, and all of it wasted, leaving her with nothing but broken dreams and a battered heart. It made it impossible to stick around Chicago while she licked her wounds...and talked herself out of killing the stubborn jerk.
So yes, cruising around the Indian Ocean on her best friend's catamaran, enjoying warm seas and a tropical paradise, all seemed like the perfect recipe for healing. Sort of makes that whole pirate thing even more of a bother.
Being overtaken by Somalian pirates, boarded at gunpoint, and held for ransom shouldn't be all that much of a surprise, really. It's just another example of how Becky's life doesn't ever go quite as planned. On the bright side, she has not a scintilla of doubt that Frank, her brother, and the other operatives of Black Knights, Inc. will be racing to rescue her and her friend as soon as they find out.
The less bright side: she is just as confident that Frank is going to somehow blame her for this whole mess. Again.
I wasn't sold on the first book in this series. It had some positives, but issues with the inconsistent tone of the tale and some dissatisfaction with the main characters kept it from being as entertaining as I had hoped it would be. Then I dived into this second installment and was pleasantly surprised by both the story and the characters.
Becky and Frank were introduced in the previous book. The groundwork for their relationship was well-laid and their story thread, though ancillary to the main plot, was one of the brights spots of that book for me. I liked them both a lot as characters, and I looked forward to seeing their story transition into the main relationship arc of this book.
I was a little concerned that having the age difference as the main bone of contention between them would start feeling a little one-note if it dragged on too long, but Walker handled it nicely. There were several separate issues, some that were offshoots of the age thing and some not, and they kept me from losing interest or getting frustrated. All told, their relationship issues were believable and realistic within the framework of the story.
At least through the first three quarters of the book, anyway.
The suspense plot threads were a little disappointing. The Bad Guy was a bad guy, all right, but his presence felt almost transitory, and he never really posed more than an academic threat through a good portion of the middle of the story. I appreciated the glimpses of what made him who he was, but would have appreciated more seeing him and his storyline have more impact in the book.
The narrative was much smoother and more balanced than the first, though, which I liked. It didn't sway wildly between too-sweet saccharine moments (mostly absent in this book, thankfully) and moments in the most graphic of war-torn hells. There were still occasions of minor disconnects between the humor inherent in Walker's writing style and the grimness of the storyline, but they were far, far less jarring.
Unfortunately, my biggest issue with this read spanned almost the entire last quarter of the book. There is a very thin line between a story that evokes emotion and one that flagrantly manipulates it. The way in which the story was written to hide details (or reveal them) in certain key moments smacked of emotional manipulation and made some pivotal scenes distasteful. One of them was the initial sexual encounter between Becky and Frank, and that was a huge problem for me.
The way in which the narrative was crafted around that scene made it tread dangerously close to one of my reading red lights (something in a story that is so anathema to me that it stops me in my tracks and can turn me off an author's entire body of work). And it was obviously intended to do so. Then, when the story progresses to the point of climax and resolution, and truths are revealed while explanations are given, the reason behind the angst seemed ludicrous.
Twelve years old? Really?? And not once did Frank entertain the notion (insane as it may be) of having one single, honest, adult conversation with the person to whom he could address a pledge made by a child. Instead that pledge becomes a twenty-seven-year-old albatross around a certain bullheaded idiot's neck, even as it silently strips away any lingering hope for a life with the woman he loves.
Even with that, though, Frank and Becky's story was a more entertaining read for me than it's predecessor. I really enjoyed the first three-quarters of the book and the characters, especially tomboy mechanic Becky, charmed me. The introduction of several new characters also offers a glimpse of the great story potential for upcoming books. I still think there's promise in this series for me, but it's going to have to have an improved romantic resolution. The one here was a killer.
Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by Sourcebooks Casablanca publisher Sourcebooks via NetGalley. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own.
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“So although IN RIDES TROUBLE redeemed itself by the end, I’m still in shock at the difference I felt in it from HELL ON WHEELS. This definitely didn’t compare.
I really enjoyed the prologue at learning how Frank “Boss” Knight came to set up his secret shop in Rebecca “Rebel” Reichert’s custom bike shop 3 ½ years ago.
In present day the book starts off with a bang as Becky and her rich friend Eve are captured by pirates for ransom, but these pirates have technology on their side and they soon learn their identities which come in handy when they force Becky to fix another boat they are overtaking engines.
6 days into the capture, Frank has assembled himself, Becky’s sister, “Wild” Bill and new comer, Jamin Agassi who Becky’s named “Angel” with his altered looks and a secret past.
The capture itself wasn’t very entertaining in my opinion. The guys had to be kept out of the media spotlight and they managed to lose one of the pirates, Sharif, in the sea after a dangerous rescue kept Becky from going over the rail and results in Frank finally destroying his problem shoulder.
Loopy on pain meds, Frank kisses Becky which is the catalyst for the book as now they both now know the real pleasure of each other’s mouth instead of just imagining.
So one might think that they would get together and then spend the rest of the book going after the bad guy or being targeted by the bad guy, but no. The main portion of the book is spent with Frank denying his need, despite the blessing from Bill and Becky’s clear perusal eyes.
Frank’s fear of his surgery sends him to Becky’s door the night before, where she quickly strips and they spend a wicked night of bliss together. But upon morning, regrets in his eyes and Becky’s heart is broken.
What’s holding him back? Other than the age difference and being her boss? The woman he sneaks off to see that the gang always believed was his woman on the side. In actuality? It’s his sister, Michelle and her three year old son, Frankie. Yea, that’s the big whoopla….
What’s worse is the promise that he made to Michelle, when he was twelve, that has kept him away from Becky, but once its cleared up on what she mean when she promised him not to turn into their father, nothing will stand in Frank’s way of being with Becky…..
Until he gets the call that she’s been taken. Did I mention the call comes just hours after his shoulder surgery? Self-checking out of hospital, he, Rock, Bill, Ozzie and our ex CIA friend from HELL ON WHEELS, who there to give some news about Ghost’s case, are tracking her down.
Becky’s lucky her pirate isn’t the smartest on the sea as he tied her boot to the bed, not her ankle itself and she’s able to reach the knife, convenient don’t you think, and free herself, but not before Sharif returns. Chunking the knife, she charges for the gun and holds him and gun point. Seconds before the guys reach her room; she pulls the trigger as he’s reaching for his weapon.
Getting Becky out of there before authorities arrive, its’ not until he’s back at shop that he kisses her against the wall and drags her to his room. But still believing Michelle is the mother of his son and the love of his life, she stops all momentum.
Once the misunderstanding is cleared? Well, let’s just say they have a lot to celebrate, including their upcoming marriage as Frank pops the question.
Wasn’t a bad continuation, I just would have liked to of seen more of the past characters and more focus on the relationship.
“Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
I started this book knowing I was going to enjoy it more than the first one by the characters alone, and they didn't disappoint. Becky and Frank live up to their full potential in IN RIDES TROUBLE and even give us what I would consider a fun plot. Because I just can't take pirate themes too seriously. =)
At the end of book one Becky had decided it was time for her to leave the Black Knights because she didn't think Frank could deal with letting her work on cases. While she's vacationing with her best friend, their boat gets attacked by pirates and she's being held for ransom. When the rescue finally comes, things get ugly before they get better and leave a hurt and traumatized pirate with nothing on his mind but revenge against Becky.
Frank has a lot of things to deal with in this book. The age difference is a big one for him. Then there's the fact that he doesn't see himself as good enough anymore. He's too tough, rough, hurt and useless at times. But it gets to the point that the things he wants to do to Becky can't be denied any longer, especially when she's clearly offering.
My one complaint about Frank was his whole relationship that he kept hidden out of town. For a good part of the book I actually thought there could be a woman there he was going to see and I was starting to get upset about it. I just wished there would've been a hint as to the nature of that relationship beforehand to us, the readers.
Becky, well, what can i say? I do a tough woman and she is one as much as I think I could ever be one if put in her shoes and with her knowledge. She's still girly even when she's fixing bikes. She knws how to defend herself. But on the inside she's only looking for Frank's attention.
A surprisingly sweet story to read. Now I can't wait for the next one, since we got a major tease of the characters that will feature in that one and I can already say I like them!
*ARC provided by publisher
“This series just keeps getting better and better. I mean who doesn't want to read about sexy alpha men saving and protecting the women they love? In this installment to the series we get Frank and Becky's story and it was awesome! I love the tension between the two of them not only in this book, but also in the first book, Hell on Wheels. With the amount of banter back and forth and the hot looks you just knew their relationship was going to be combustible and burn the pages up...and that they did. I really liked the way Frank kept trying to be all noble and stay away from her, but they were like two sexy magnets that just kept getting pulled together. These two definitely deserved each other and the set-up for the next book was great.
I am so excited to read this series and tell people what I think about it because I haven't been this excited about a new series in a long time. Not only is there smokin' hot romance, but there is also a lot of on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. I highly recommend this series. ”
“Squeee...sorry...girlie moment there. =)
Can I just say from the beginning that I loved Becky and Frank in the first book "Hell on Wheels" and was anxious to read "In Rides Trouble" because it was about them. Oh yes!!
This book picks up from where "Hell on Wheels" left off with Becky Reichert aka Rebel out on vacation with her best friend Eve. Instead of enjoying a vacation from her job, she's now being kept hostage by pirates who want her to do something for them. She just wanted to get her mind off of one man who would not give her the time of day...instead she's now going to have to get rescued by him.
Frank who was introduced also in "Hell on Wheels" is the Boss of the Black Knights. He has his reasons to not get involved with Becky. She's too young, he's too old, he's supposed to be her boss...blah...blah. (All I could read was excuses from this man...LOL)
He gets word that Becky has been held hostage and now he has to save her with some of his black knights crew which includes Becky's brother. In the mean time, he has to keep his feelings about Becky contained while rescuing her.
Oh..I do not want to give away any good parts...so that is all I'm telling. Sorry, keeping my mouth zipped with this one.
I fell in love with both characters in the first book, not only because Becky can take care of herself and Frank is one sexy ex-Seal...but because Becky and Frank's relationship is some what like my relationship with my hubby when we first met. (of course not including the motorcycles...because my hubby wishes he owned one) My hubby is 15 years older than me and I would not have it any other way. So when Frank was complaining about age difference...I was about to go through the book and kick his butt.
Just a note...I had a favorite scene between Frank and Becky that I read...and I adored Becky even more. (You go girl...show him whose boss) (Sorry can't tell, will give away the good parts) =)
Julie Ann Walker knows how to keep a reader's emotions going haywire. I do not know how many times I felt myself smiling, giggling, or crying over certain scenes in this book. I love the Black Knights and I cannot wait to read the next one. =)
I highly recommend this romantic suspense readers out there. It is a must though that you read the first book because you will want to find out about Frank and Becky beforehand. Those two will have you cracking up. The best part is how Becky can handle Frank.
So far Becky and Frank are my FAVE couple, but that could change in the next book or next books I should say. =) ”